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About

Picasso's Women is a unique look at the great painter’s early life through the voices of his wives, mistresses and muses. These three honest and humorous monologues were originally produced at the National Theatre and on BBC Radio 3. The unique stories of French model Fernande, Russian ballerina Olga and 17-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse give an insight into life with Picasso and the influence the women had on his art. Set in a contemporary art space this modern setting points a spotlight on these women through the lens of 21st-century values. 

Our team have worked very hard to secure permission, venues, actresses and have recruited some incredible talent to help us on our journey. We are off to Edinburgh for this year's infamous Fringe Festival and return to London just before the Frieze Art Fair 2018. 

We now need your help to stage this project! Literally -you can even sponsor our gaffer tape!

This Kickstarter seeks to raise support for all the technical aspects of the production including set, sound, lighting and touring. Picasso’s Women will be travelling to The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and Gallery Different in London and hopes to extend the tour to European locations in 2019.

Support us and you could benefit from some wonderful rewards including one of 12 beautifully framed 'After Picasso' Artworks, overseen by Picasso himself in 1962, signed memorabilia, tickets to see the event in Edinburgh or London and afternoon tea for two at The National Portrait Gallery or The Tower Restaurant, National Museum of Scotland.

We invite you to join a group of wonderful supporters or #ArtsAngels, Arts Council England and our patrons:

Toyah Willcox, English singer and actress. In a career spanning more than thirty years, Willcox has had 8 Top 40 singles, released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays and ten feature films, and voiced and presented numerous television show. Toyah appeared in the original Picasso’s Women production at the National Theatre back in 2000. 

Guy Portelli, who is an internationally recognised Sculptor and who is also known for featuring on Dragon’s Den and securing The Dragon’s backing.

Professor Elizabeth Cowling, is currently Reader in History of Art at Edinburgh University. Her book Picasso: Style and Meaning won the 2003 British Academy Book Award - she curated the Picasso Portraits Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and Musee Picasso in 2016/17.

And finally, Fine Art Dealer and Picasso Specialist Niall Fairhead has supported this project since his expressed interst via Instagram. For our rewards scheme Niall has donated some beautiful 'After Picasso Linocuts' - see a photo below:

Toyah Willcox
Toyah Willcox
 
Guy Portelli
Guy Portelli

 

Picasso Portraits, Elizabeth Cowling
Picasso Portraits, Elizabeth Cowling

 

Reward - Framed 'After Picasso' Linocut published in 1962
Reward - Framed 'After Picasso' Linocut published in 1962

 

Sponsor our set!

We need you to help us get the set made, lighting and sound equipment... here's a few examples:

Perspex Chair

Chair
Chair

 

Perspex Easel

Easel
Easel

 

Perspex Table

Table
Table

 

Light stands

Light Stand
Light Stand

 

Fresnel LED Lamps

LED Fresnel Lamp
LED Fresnel Lamp

 

LED Light Bars

LED Light Bar
LED Light Bar

 PA System

Portable PA System - White
Portable PA System - White

 

Cables

Cables
Cables

 

DMX Cables

DMX
DMX

 

Gaffer Tape!

Gaffer!
Gaffer!

 

 

Risks and challenges

The main risk that Picasso’s Women faces like many art projects is the not securing enough funding to see the project through to its maximum effect. We have set a goal to raise a target fund of £10,000 to enable ourselves a secure platform whereby quality and delivery is guaranteed.

Our dedicated team of fundraisers, marketers and creators are the key to our success. We have collaborated with The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, and have also received funding from the Arts Council England, which demonstrates the integrity and potential of our project. The project has attracted attention and support from NESTA The Innovation Foundation and has been featured in the Arts Industry Magazine.

Logistical risks must be considered - easily transporting set, accommodating actors and production team and marketing successfully.

Picasso’s Women will be travelling around the UK, we need to ensure organisation and planning is on top form to ensure no delays, complications or time constraints occur, which may be detrimental to cost. A simple and well executed technical design will make this achievable. Our Kickstarter campaign aims to provide for this specifically.

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    GAFFER!

    Pledge £5 - Be our Gaffer! Help us purchase lots of white gaffer tape.

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    CABLE TIED!

    Pledge £10 - Sponsor a cable! We need 15 of these.

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    DMX LEAD!

    Pledge £20 - Take the lead as our DMX sponsor. We need 5 of these!

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    TICKET ONLY!

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    Become a 'Picasso's Women Patron' and you will be personally thanked in our program and online as an 'Arts Angel'. Pledges of £25.00 you will receive one ticket to a private performance of 'Picasso's Women'.

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    STANDING OVATION LIGHT STANDS!

    Pledge £30 - we need 2 x Light Stands for our Lighting Rig.

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    LIGHT US UP BABY!

    Pledge £50 towards our lights - needed 2 x LED Fresnel Lights and 3 x LED Light Bars. Not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

    This exciting pledge entitles you to become a 'Picasso's Women Patron' and you will be personally thanked in our program and online via the website as an 'Arts Angel'. Pledges of £50 will receive a signed program by all the cast and playwright. Plus, two tickets for a gala performance.

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    SIT DOWN!

    Pledge £75.00 to sponsor a perspex chair as part of our minimalist set. Your will be thanked personally by the actresses who sit on it!

    This exciting pledge entitles you to become a 'Picasso's Women Patron' and you will be personally thanked in our program and online via the website as an 'Arts Angel'. Pledges of £75 will receive a signed program by all the cast and playwright. Plus two tickets to a gala performance.

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    HAT STANDING!

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    ARTIST'S EASEL!

    Pledge £150 towards our perspex artist's easel which features in the performance.

    This exciting pledge entitles you to become a 'Picasso's Women Patron' and you will be personally thanked in our programme and online via the website as an 'Arts Angel'. Pledges of £100 will also receive a signed program by the cast and the playwright, a signed copy of the play along with three tickets to a performance of 'Picasso's Women'.

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    OWN YOUR OWN PICASSO!

    Pledge £200.00 towards our perspex Artist's Easel AND you will be sent a beautifully framed 'After Picasso Linocut'.

    These Linocuts were published In 1962 in Harry Abrams work “Picasso Linocuts: Bacchanals, women, Bulls & Bullfighters”

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    SUPER STAR STATUS!

    Pledge £500 and be treated like a superstar. Not only will you receive your very own 'After Picasso' Linocut but you will become
    a 'Picasso's Women Patron' and you will be personally thanked in our program and online via the website as an 'Arts Angel'. Pledges of £500 or more will receive four tickets to a private performance of 'Picasso's Women', a private reception with the cast and director, a signed program by the cast and playwright and a signed copy of the play.

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    SOUNDS AMAZING!

    Pledge £1000 towards our Sound System and be treated like a superstar. Not only will you receive your very own 'After Picasso' Linocut but you will become
    a 'Picasso's Women Patron' and you will be personally thanked in our program and online via the website as an 'Arts Angel'. Pledges of £1000 or more will receive four tickets to a private performance of 'Picasso's Women', a private reception with the cast and director, a signed program by the cast and playwright and a signed copy of the play. Plus two tickets for afternoon tea at The National Portrait Gallery, London or The Tower Restaurant, National Museum of Scotland (you will be contacted to specify preferred location).

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- (30 days)